Do you ever notice how you see the same basic tropes over and over again in TV programs, movies, video games, comic books, and whatnot?
Do you ever notice that you see the same basic tropes over and over again in mythology, folktales, religion, and whatnot?
Now, why is that? Are these writers and mythmakers and so on just really lazy? Is this some sort of conspiracy to promulgate one type of view through the bowels of our pop-culture?
I would suggest that many of these most basic tropes are passed down through the centuries and millennia because they are deeply primal and embedded in the collective human psyche.
And to explore this concept, I’ve decided to take a spotlight that most ubiquitous of comic book tropes, the Man/Woman/Boy Superhero Triad.